Time: 2 hours 30 minutes.
Equipment: Doable in runners but hiking boots would be preferable.
Families: Not suitable for buggies.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
After quite an indulgent Christmas we hauled ourselves off the couch to take on the hills behind Shankill village. And boy were we rewarded for our efforts! Starting at Brady’s pub we followed the way markers over the M11 and through Rathmichael Woods up to the Lead Mines Chimney. As we approached the chimney an incredible panorama emerged of the Dublin Mountains to the West and the coastline to the East. We then followed the track around to Carrickgollogan hill. For a short climb, the view from the top is spectacular. The summit offers 360 degree views of Dublin city, the Wicklow Mountains and Bray Head. We took on this walk on a bright dry day and the track was still quite soft in parts. This walk would be difficult after wet weather.